Coast Guard Responded To Stranded Boat Off Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard responded to a radio distress call received by Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders just before 5 p.m. Friday from a vessel disabled in rough seas 37 miles off Oregon Inlet.

A 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet launched to rescue the three people onboard the 22-foot recreational vessel.

Conditions on scene include 5-foot seas and water temperatures below 50 degrees.

There was no report late Friday of the condition of the boat, or the 3 people on board.

"Mariners should always consider the weather conditions prior to taking to the water," said Capt. Anthony Popiel, commanding officer of Sector North Carolina. "These early warm weather days can seem pleasant, but the water is still very cold, and if the weather turns, you can quickly find yourself in a dangerous situation."


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  • by Isaac Bruton Location: Raleigh on Mar 12, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Bill, have you been offshore? 22ft boats can be designed for that. I have a 23ft with 101 gallons of fuel on board. It can routinely go out that far or even more. It is an offshore boat. I can't speak to the men, but the size of the boat isn't the issue here.
  • by Bill Location: greenville on Mar 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    What size fuel tank is on this 22' vessel? That 37 mile is an 84 mile round trip. If they started elsewere,and ran out of fuel 37 miles short of destination,their navigation stinks. Three idiots,a 22' boat,single engine,5' seas, dark,they have done it all.They are in the running for the Drawin Award.
  • by confused Location: clayrock on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    to lawdawg; yes it does say oregon inlet, today. yesterday was a different headline, stating.'in'. YOU, could save people time by catching up and making interesting comments worth reading
  • by LSD Location: Henrico on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    So, what's the final on this story? Was the Coast Guard successful, as it usually is?
  • by lawdawg Location: enc on Mar 5, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    to all previous post-- The headline and article states "OFF" not "IN" oregon inlet-- pay attention please... OFF, as in due east of by 37 miles. duh..
  • by Brian on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    to "anon" I was going to post the exact same thing. A bit off in the title! My hat goes off once again to the USCG!
  • by confused Location: clayrock, nc on Mar 5, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    I agree. inaccurate reporting causes me to go to another site more often than one would think. wonderful that the coast guard had correct information. I wonder why this web site couldn't get the same info to make the headline with. I go to the web to get news, because, the tv stations have this habit of trailing little tidbits of info, just to get you to watch commercials and then get the story. If they would just give us the story instead of the trailers, we would get more news items and be more informed about what's going on, instead of which soap cleans the best or which cell phone will work better with my lifestyle. I can make those decisions myself. once again, yahoo for the coast guard for another great rescue.
  • by anon Location: enc on Mar 5, 2011 at 03:00 AM
    headline states;"in oregon inlet", lots and lots of difference in being stranded where land is visable and 37 miles off shore. id say thats about 20 miles into the gulf stream or there abouts and one third to half way to the continental shelf. good article but i almost didnt read it due to it saying "in oregon inlet," which is a common result in rough weather. Kudos USCG, "semper Paratus"! always ready
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